Buddhism & Australia

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5th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
18-20 February, 2016
Perth, Western Australia


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The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 5th International Conference Buddhism & Australia .

This conference is a platform for scientists and Buddhists to present their recent and latest researches on Buddhism; to complete each other’s views and consider future directions of Buddhism in changing times.

The main themes this year are

  • Buddhist Cosmology
  • Transforming Buddhism
  • Online Buddhist studies

The organizers are also open to proposals for contributions on Buddhist history, philosophy, texts as well for proposals on any related theme.

What to Send

Proposals may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information:

  • author(s);
  • affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme
  • email address,
  • title of proposal,
  • body of proposal; no more than 250 words,
  • up to 10 keywords.
  • CV max 2 pages

Working language will be English.
The time for paper presentation is 30 min including questions and answer time.
Papers to be presented in the conference will be published on conference website.
Papers must not have previously been published and, if accepted, cannot be published though other media. Copyright owner for published papers will be Buddhism & Australia Inc.

Important Dates

Proposals should be submitted by October 20, 2015 to the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com (eg.estoniannyingma@gmail.com)

A full draft paper should be submitted by January 20, 2016

All Buddhists, scholars and members of the general public interested in Buddhism are invited to present their papers in this coming conference. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. Please use another email (estoniannyingma@gmail.com) if you have not received submission confirmation from us.

10 Years of Estonian Nyingma Conferences

The International Cconference Buddhism & Australia 2016 is the 10th annual academic Buddhism conference, organized by Vello Vaartnou and Estonian Nyingma and is an important milestone in progressing towards Buddhist studies.

Estonian Nyingma conferences firstly brought together scientists and Buddhists to complete each other’s views at the Buddhism &Nordland conferences in 2006 in Europe, and this tradition continues with Buddhism & Australia conferences.

Conference Registration

Payment of the conference fee of 540 AUD should be made by December 1, 2015

Registration fee will include -participation in all sessions for 3 days and lunches & coffee breaks during the conference.

  • Early Bird registration fee of 460 AUD is possible until November 1, 2015

To participate in the Buddhism & Australia 2016 please contact Marju Broder by the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com

Ms. Marju Broder,
Organizing Chair
Email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com
Mob: +61 0405549923

Buddhism & Australia Association

Buddhism & Australia is a non-for-profit organisation, founded by Venerable Vello Vaartnou (Lama 万道). The organisation deals with variety of international Buddhism projects with main emphasis on academic and international collaboration.

The Buddhism & Australia Association is known for hosting annual academic international conferences since 2006, with the coming conference to be held 18-20 February, 2016 in Perth. The idea of Buddhism & Australia conferences is to unite the work of Australian and international academics, monastics and lay Buddhist and provide a platform for co-operation on different projects and aspects related to Buddhism.

In 2012, the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia, a visionary project of Venerable Vello Vaartnou, was officially launched at the Berkeley University, and by today it has grown to become one of the largest English based websites on Buddhism in the world, with nearly 50000 unique edits. The main emphasis has been on developing the English side of the website. The project is currently seeking collaboration with Chinese Buddhists who are interested to collaborate on this important and grandiose project.

For any inquires, please contact info@chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com

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The idea of "Buddhism & Australia" conferences is to unite the work of Australian and international academics, monastics and lay Buddhist and provide a platform for co-operation on different projects and aspects related to Buddhism.

In Asian countries we can speak of 2600 years of Buddhist history. In Australia Buddhism is like a seed, it is still young and growing rapidly, becoming more popular amongst Australians. A seed needs water and nutrients to grow. We can say that the Buddhist seed in Australia is in a very fertile earth. But much work and effort is needed for the seed grow into a mature tree.

Australia symbolizes the movement of 21th century globalization. Almost all nationalities and Buddhist traditions are represented in Australia, which creates a unique opportunity and time for Buddhism and Buddhist to develop new ideas and Dharma activates.

“Buddhism & Australia” conferences are organized with the best intentions to further develop Buddhism in Australia and to engage with Buddhist from overseas.


The author and main organizer of international conference "Buddhism & Australia" is Vello Vaartnou, the Head of Estonian Nyingma and IC Buddhism & Australia, who has been annually organizing international Buddhist conferences in Europe since 2007. The first conference “Buddhism & Nordland” was organized in Estonia, which was focused on the history of Buddhism in Northern Europe. The conference was a huge success, uniting scholars and Buddhists from the Nordic countries and attracting visitors from as far as Mongolia, India and China.

When Vello Vaartnou moved to Australia in 2010, he decided to continue the tradition of organizing annual meetings for academics and monastics to discuss and work on different Buddhist aspects and topics. The first Buddhism & Australia conference was held in February 2012.

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